Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons continuing to look the part in Premier Division


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Norwich Dragons completed the double over Saffron Walden at the Den, winning 4-1 to maintain their solid form since promotion to the Premier Division.

The Dragons started strongly and took an early lead with Sarah Richards getting her first goal of the season. Dragons continued to dominate, playing some attractive hockey, and got their second just before half-time when some intricate play saw player-of-the-match Kate Trelawny-Gower unselfishly pass to Hayley Toleman who made no mistake.

The Dragons continued to pile on the pressure as the second half got under way and within the first 10 minutes got a third goal. This time it was Donna Vaughan who struck the ball sweetly from the top of the D from a short corner.

Siobhan Cleeve made some excellent saves as Dragons lost control of the game for a short spell before Walden managed to get a goal back. The home side regrouped and came fighting back and got a fourth goal through Trelawny-Gower who executed a drag flick from a short corner routine.

This was an excellent team performance from the Dragons who go into the last game before Christmas in a fantastic position in the league. There were some great performances from all but in particular the young Dragons Maddie Denman, Olivia Thomas and Niamh Lowe-Davies continue to impress.

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Dragons are sixth in the top flight while Harleston Magpies II are one place and three points behind them after returning from Bromley and Beckenham with a 1-1 draw.

Dereham remain three points clear at the top of Division 1 after beating visitors Lincoln, who had started the day in fourth place, 2-0.

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Goals from Evie Gardner and Becca Taylor, in her first appearance of the season, ensured Dereham's fine start to the campaign continued.

Watton were beaten 2-1 at home by Bury St Edmunds while North Norfolk's trip to Blueharts was postponed.

The fascinating two-way battle for the title in Division 2NE continued as Norwich Dragons II and Norwich City both won their latest games.

Dragons made in 12 wins out of 12 when they returned from Yarmouth with a 3-0 victory.

They were forced into a number of changes due to unavailability and injuries, meaning both Geo Beckwith and Pollyanna Watson stepped up.

Laura Tompson-Wright dispatched an early short corner to open the scoring. Watson and Natalie Beal were connecting well down the left flank and Beckwith was having an impressive debut up front but there was no further scoring before the break.

Dragons always felt their patient hockey would pay dividends and, following another short corner, Gail Thomas found Aoife Lowe-Davies with an inch perfect pass, and she bravely deflected the ball home from close range. Dragons continued to have the lions' share of possession, although Yarmouth defended stoutly as a team. The final goal again came from a short-corner with Marcy Windsor-Waite calmly placing the ball past the outcoming keeper.

Dragons remain five points clear of Norwich City - but their rivals remain viable title contenders after winning again while maintaining their incredible defensive record. They beat visitors Framlingham 3-0 with goals from Lizzie Cheesman, Angela Hindle, Leigh-Ann Worrall to make it 10 wins, one draw and one defeat while conceding just one goal all season - in their narrow defeat to Dragons back in November.

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